Ada Jane Smith

1916–1984 (Age 68)
Kinkaid Township, Jackson, Illinois, United States

The Life of Ada Jane

When Ada Jane Smith was born in 1916, in Kinkaid Township, Jackson, Illinois, United States, her father, Murry Irvin Smith, was 32 and her mother, Daisy E Duff, was 28. She had at least 2 sons and 4 daughters with William S. Popejoy. She lived in Rural, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States in 1935. She died in 1984, at the age of 68.

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Family Time Line

William S. Popejoy
Ada Jane Smith
Jim R. Popejoy
Mary Jane Popejoy
Betty A. Popejoy
William Wayne Popejoy
Barbara Sue Popejoy
Sally Lou Popejoy

Spouse and Children

    William S. Popejoy





    Jim R. Popejoy


    Mary Jane Popejoy


    Betty A. Popejoy


    William Wayne Popejoy


    Barbara Sue Popejoy


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+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 0

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1919 · Minimum Wage Laws Passed

Age 3

The first minimum wage law took effect in 1919 and specified women and children under 17 years of age should be paid 22 cents per hour.
1934 · Kohler Strike

Age 18

Employees at Kohler Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, attempted to organize a union, but the company would not work with them. The employees organized a strike on July 27, 1934. Events escalated and two people were killed and 47 were injured.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Jane Popejoy in household of William Popejoy, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ada Jane Smith Popejoy in entry for Barbara Sue Young, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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